Back when they were students, Simon and his friend, Ray, had dreams to become rock stars. Fifteen years later their mid-30s are bearing down fast, and they're having to accept a less glamorous life.
Ray takes refuge from his responsibilities by living a virtual existence in online games. People say he needs to grow up, but everybody finds their own way of coping.
But for Simon it's serial murder, mass slaughter and professional assassination.
©2001 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"Sharply satirical and poignantly funny, this is a gripping and highly entertaining read." (Time Out)
"A bit like a literary computer game, this novel has plenty of verve and dash." (Irish Times)
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"REALLY ENJOYED THIS"
Possibly - though I rarely do re-read or re-listen to books.
Not really. Not that sort of book. Quite fast paced.
Loved it. Listening to another of his. Really good storyline, plenty of action, a bit off the wall, witty - and the reader was excellent. Carried the tone and pace of the book superbly. This was the listening equivalent of the book you can't put down. I do hope he's still writing!
"My favourite Brookmyre, perfectly read"
I usually avoid buying audio books I have read before and loved as the voice In my head always sounds so different but I thought this was marvelously delivered, I loved it and I am pleased I broke my rule for it.
Essentially this is a comic thriller involving a depressed English teacher, a policewoman and two year 7 scallies taking on a team of international terrorists. laugh out loud, edge of the seat stuff.
"Superb, sarcastic and full of great characters"
The book itself is excellent - the student politics and characters (especially for someone who went to Glasgow University) are extremely well drawn and the story sweeps you along - flashbacks and all. My one gripe is the pronunciation of 'Rank Bajin' by the narrator, in Glasgow slang this should be pronounced as 'rank bad yin' - fan more apt for the character! Nonetheless, an excellent listen.
Loved it. Interesting story with twists and turns. Great narrator. Would definitely recommend. Will be listening to more by this author.
"Great story, well narrated"
Really enjoyed both the story and the narration. The story is interesting and exciting, and the narrator does a great job. All of the characters are well defined.
Good storyline and an excellent narrator . Too many biographies and back stories though for the various characters meant that the story was very slow to progress.
"A really good listen"
A fair few coincidences but a cracking listen. I'd forgotten I'd read this book many years ago, but still enjoyed the listen. Good narration, humorous but dark narrative and some top flight cursing. Don't play this on the school run but that isn't a huge surprise with this author.
"Glasgow written but not Glesca read - the Lost Glottal Stop Mystery"
It would help if the narrator at least spoke to a Glaswegian before trying to ape the accent and the local allusions.
Good story if you're into crime fantasy a good notch above and beyond crime fiction and very enjoyable once you adjust for the Estuary English accent - Rank Bajean for goodness sake!
Will Chris B.'s next book be set in Kelvinside Academy or will De Savier be investigating the the narrator and the list glottal stop. We can but hope!
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